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Reindeer Make Encore Visit to Tuckahoe

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. --  Reindeer Skeeter and Sparky had such a good time visiting Tuckahoe last weekend, they came back again.

Lauren Chandless brought the reindeer to town for an encore performance in Crestwood close to the train station.

Nine year old Tonianne Budica stole the show from the reindeer with her amazing voice singing Christmas carols to the crowd. After she sang, Budica made a beeline for the reindeer, joining the other kids lavishing attention on Skeeter and Sparky

Chandless said both Sparky and Skeeter are 2-years-old males that live on a farm with horses and foxes in Pine Bush, N.Y., about an hour north of Tuckahoe. The reindeer did not seem to notice all of the attention they were getting, preferring to spent their time munching instead.

"They seem to be very hungry," said Nicolino Marcoccia, 9 who attends Anne Hutchinson School in Eastchester.

"We feed them reindeer chow," Chandless explained. "It's sort of the same thing as dog chow, but for reindeer."

Chandless pointed out to some of the kids the special features reindeer have. "They have big flat feet so they can rest on the top of the snow not cut into it like a horses hoof," she said. “They have fur everywhere, in their ears, and on their noses to fight the cold.”

Santa was unable to attend the festivities in Tuckahoe today,possibly because he was  busy getting ready for Christmas Eve.

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